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CBO: Navy Shipbuilding Plan Off — By $200 Billion

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Navy faces huge hurdles in trying to get to 355 ships – but a new shipbuilding plan due in coming weeks could change the whole calculus.

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A New NATO Buyer For JLTV; More Buyers On The Way?

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The sale to Montenegro might be small, but the US push into the Balkans will not make Moscow happy.

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NATO’s Not Ready For Saudi-Style Drone Attacks; ‘It’s A Serious Problem’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“The threat that we face has developed faster,” than countermeasures, giving adversaries like Russia, and Iran, some asymmetric advantages.

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Marines Kick Off A Year Of Wargames To Help Build New Force

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“We’ve got to wrestle with ship mix and their capacity; there’s a balancing act.” 

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SecDef & Marines Want To Disperse Across Pacific, But It’s Hard

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Concerns over a new Okinawa airfield, and how to get Marines across vast swaths of ocean, are complicating American plans to spread forces across the Pacific.

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Marines To Roll Out Major Modernization Plan, Heavy On Drones, Fires

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Marine Corps and Navy are moving past the insurgent wars of the past two decades and readying themselves to play a central role in countering China and Russia.

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Marines Eye Unmanned Systems To Keep F-35s Flying From Remote Bases

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Navy and Marine Corps are trying to buy new autonomous and unmanned systems more quickly for expeditionary ops, but as one general warned, “if I can’t sustain it, I’m hosed.”

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Sacred Cows Die As Marine Commandant Changes Course On Amphibs

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“It would be illogical to continue to concentrate our forces on a few large ships,” the new USMC Commandant writes in his new guidance, setting decades of planning on its head. So what’s next?

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Marines Develop Laser To Fry Drones From JLTVs

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The Army is also testing the last, which can smack into drones from hundreds of meters away.

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2020 Budget: One Half Step Towards A Great Power Strategy

Posted by Mark Cancian on


The Trump defense budget takes significant steps to move from a focus on regional conflicts and counter-insurgency to a focus on great power conflicts. But the Army, Navy Air Force and Marines clearly are struggling with this balance.

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